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3 Annual Report Examples for Educational Equity Nonprofits

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Discover how three educational equity nonprofit organizations made the biggest impact with their annual report after partnering with Acton Circle — and how your nonprofit can do the same.

The Impact of Annual Reports for Educational Equity Nonprofits

Annual impact reports play a huge role in educational equity nonprofits and how you interact with your community and supporters. An annual report attracts new donors and encourages old ones to stay. Your nonprofit design and format play a pretty significant role in how well your impact data is presented.

Your annual report is a chance to showcase your accomplishments through the year — from how you’ve worked towards and accomplished your mission, how funding is being used, and the students you’ve helped (among other things).

For educational equity nonprofits, an annual report is a key tool in storytelling. It takes readers through your mission, journey, and impact in a way that’s compelling while remaining informative and transparent.

3 Annual Report Examples for Educational Equity Nonprofits

While your mission is unique, there are common data points that remain the same across most educational equity nonprofits. To determine how best to feature your nonprofit’s impact data, consider gaining inspiration and insight from other nonprofits in the space. 

If you’re looking for a full list of what to include in your annual report, here’s a free checklist that covers everything we recommend here at Acton Circle.

To give you an idea of what your annual report could look like, we’ve pulled together three examples — all designed by Acton Circle — for different nonprofit organizations in different formats:

10,000 Degrees

An illustration of a collection of digital analytics dashboards displaying various statistics and charts related to alumni engagement and financial impact for an educational equity nonprofit | Acton Circlew

10,000 Degrees is an educational equity nonprofit whose mission is to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college. Their annual report consists of a microsite and donor appreciation booklet that features their mission, values, alumni, and impact data. 

A stand-out feature of their annual report microsite is the page dedicated to their impact. Notice how we presented their impact data in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format. Both graphs and charts were added to help supporters visualize some of the more complicated data.

Making Waves Education Foundation

An open brochure with various graphics and text, including a world map, flow diagrams, and photos of people for an annual report example for a educational equity nonprofit | Acton Circle

Making Waves Education Foundation is a Bay Area nonprofit organization committed to equity, helping students from 5th grade through college and careers. The organization's annual report is a digital publication featured on its website and available for download and print.

Again, notice how we utilize their numerical data in their report.Each impact metric is strategically presented alongside the summary or explanation of the topic. A notable feature is their “Our Model” page, where we showcase the areas they serve with testimonials from Making Waves students.

More Than Bootstraps

More Than Bootstraps educational equity nonprofit infographic annual report example in purple branding | Acton Circle

More Than Bootstraps is a New Jersey-based educational equity nonprofit that helps first-generation college students succeed. In addition to a traditional annual report, More Than Bootstraps opted for an annual report infographic.

Annual report infographics are perfect for educational equity nonprofit organizations thanks to their ability to showcase information through bold numbers and design, in addition to eye-catching imagery. Note how, in this infographic, we immediately highlight the problem the organization solves. 

How to Make the Biggest Impact in Your Annual Report as an Educational Equity Nonprofit Organization

If you’re aiming to make the biggest impact with your annual report, we recommend spending a little extra time recording and showcasing student achievements and giving thanks to your community and supporters. 

And if you want to go the extra mile to really show your donors how much they mean to your organization, a dedicated donor booklet is one of the best ways to thank them for their support publicly. 

Need help bringing your annual report ideas to life for your educational equity nonprofit? Book a discovery call to discuss your project.

May 6, 2024

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